Joined by the Little City community including students and family members, President Preckwinkle, along with Cook County Commissioner Gregg Goslin, helped cut the ribbon on the expansion of the ChildBridge Center for Education, Little City’s therapeutic day school in Palatine, Illinois.
“Since the mid-1990’s, Cook County has provided approximately $1.8 million of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding to Little City for a wide range of infrastructure improvements on the main campus,“ stated Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle. “While these types of investments – sewer replacement, air conditioning, roof repairs, and road improvements – may not be glamorous, this support is vital to the success of local community organizations.”
President Preckwinkle explained that Cook County does what it can to support meaningful organizations like Little City, but the fact is that approximately 80% of Little City’s $26 million annual budget comes from the State of Illinois. That’s why the cuts to human services that Governor Rauner has talked about for his 2016 budget would be so devastating to agencies like Little City. She encouraged everyone in attendance to be in touch with their state legislators to support continued funding for human services in the State’s 2016 budget.
April is National Autism Awareness Month. For more than 50 years, Little City has provided extensive programs on and off campus services to children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities such as Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy and epilepsy, as well as visual, behavioral, hearing and emotional challenges. Their services include a day school and 24/7 residential, clinical care. They also provide in-home support. For more information, go to: http://www.littlecity.org/